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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Orb at The Trocadero, James Hunter Six at World Cafe Live at The Queen, XPN Welcomes Diego Garcia at World Cafe Live and more

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English electronic duo The Orb bring their 25th anniversary tour to The Trocadero tonight.  Bandmates Alex Paterson and Martin “Youth” Glover have marked the quarter-century milestone with a new album called More Tales from the Orbservatory, released on Cooking Vinyl this past June.  The album matches the auditory structure of earlier releases, synching European-sounding house music with vocal samples that are usually spoken rather than sung.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Watch a live video of The Orb performing “Little Fluffy Clouds” below.

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Photos: The Naked and Famous and The Colourist at The Troc

The Naked and Famous | Photo by Melody Chiang
The Naked and Famous | Photo by Melody Chiang
New Zealand alt-rock five-piece The Naked and Famous paid a visit to Philadelphia this week, headlining The Trocadero Theater on Tuesday in support of their sophomore album, In Rolling Waves. Joining them was The Colourist from Southern California; check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Peter Hook treats The Troc to a three-hour extravaganza of New Order and Joy Division (photos, review, setlist)

Peter Hook | Photo by Pete Troshak | www.flickr.com/photos/petryfrompaAll Photos by Pete Troshak | www.flickr.com/photos/petryfrompa

Former New Order and Joy Division member Peter Hook and his band The Light rocked the 143-year-old Trocadero Theatre for nearly three hours on Saturday night. The band is on tour playing the New Order albums Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies in their entirety along with assorted B-sides from those albums. Early arrivers were rewarded with a surprise when mysterious opening band “Slaves Of Venus” turned out to be none other than Hook And The Light performing a set of Joy Division songs.

Hook sported a mohawk, looked fit enough to dominate a rugby scrum and stalked the stage with a certain well-earned swagger. He swapped between his trademark bass and guitar as needed and handled all the lead vocals impressively, especially the Joy Division songs which he delivered in a haunting way that would’ve made the irreplaceable Ian Curtis proud. Hook was backed by his son Jack Bates on bass, David Potts on guitar, Andy Poole on keyboards, and Paul Kehoe on drums.

Bates and Hook occasionally both played bass simultaneously, which helped to recreate the bass heavy nature of many of the Joy Division and New Order tracks. Bates resembles his father both in look and skill when playing, both hunch over their basses intently, nimbly but fiercely plucking the strings. Potts is the secret weapon of the band though, providing stinging notes and sheets of guitar texture to the electronic based sound of the two bands.

The lighting was kept minimal during this intense seven song opening set. Highlights were a pounding, primal “Dead Souls” and the gothic, starkly beautiful B-side “In A Lonely Place.” After a brief break, the band returned to the stage to play New Order songs. They kicked off this part of the show with “Ceremony,” honoring the legacy of New Order by playing a powerful rendition of their first single to the delight of the hardcore fans who packed the venue. They then played the entire Movement album. Hook and the Light recreated the album perfectly, with highlights being a hard driving “Chosen Time” and a fierce “Denial.” Next came another short break then Power, Corruption & Lies.

Power… is on just about every best album of the eighties list, and despite it’s dark title and subject matter it has a brighter sound than the rest of the songs from this show. The mood lightened during the playing of this album, the band played louder and looser and the crowd was dancing and singing even up in the balcony. The highlight of this this set was the late double shot of electronic music excellence “Ultraviolence” followed by “Ecstasy.”

Late in the Power… set, Hook stopped to tell the audience “You’ve made an old man very happy,” leading to a huge passionate cheer from the crowd. After finishing the album another brief break came before the encore. The band closed with a powerful three song run of the underrated but memorable “Everything’s Gone Green,” a throbbing version of “Temptation” and the ultimate show closer “Blue Monday.” “Blue Monday” featured the band at peak form with Hook banging on a drum machine and firing off notes occasionally on guitar and Poole adding a swirling chorus of electronic angels and pulsating runs on the keys. Late in the song came the most memorable chill-inducing moment of the night, as Hook and son Bates stood next to each other and both unleashed that memorable twenty-two note, echoing warpath-like hook of the song, driving the song and show to a perfect conclusion. Check out a gallery of the show below, and complete setlists after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dice Raw at City Hall, Kalob Griffin Band at Penn Museum, Prefuse 73 / Spaceship Aloha at Morgan’s Pier, At Fest at the Troc

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Philly hip hop artist Dice Raw will be performing for free at City Hall tonight as part of the City Hall Presents concert series. His newest album, Jimmy’s Back, is available. The album’s is based on The New Jim Crow, a bestselling book by Michele Alexander. Along with the LP, Dice Raw is releasing a short documentary that explores mass incarceration and the prison system, especially in Philadelphia. The concert will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall courtyard. Listen to Dice Raw’s new track, “Animal,” below.

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Just Announced: The Orb playing The Trocadero 10/26

51-etxl1English electronic/ambient house music pioneers The Orb are gearing up to head out on a 25th anniversary tour this fall which includes a show at The Troc on Saturday, October 26th, as reported by the venue’s Twitter. Tickets to this rare stateside appearance go on sale this Friday, August 2nd at noon, and are sure to sell fast. The band’s latest, More Tales from the Orbservatorycame out this past June. Check out the tune “Fussball” (which features legendary reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry) off that release below, and find more info on their Troc show here.

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Just Announced: The Selecter playing the Trocadero 9/17

the selecter just hangin22-tone ska legends The Selecter have just announced the second leg of their short US tour, billed as the “Non-Stop Pressure Tour”, playing on the title of their 1980 debut, Too Much Pressure. The band sets out starting in the fall and among the list of rare, stateside appearances they have planned, is a stop in Philly on September 17th at The Troc. Seeing as how this is the group’s first US tour in over a decade, tickets are sure to sell fast. Find more info here, and check out the band perform their classic tune “On My Radio” at this year’s Coachella festival below.

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The Trocadero will screen the world premiere of Philadelphia Folk Festival documentary At Fest on 8/7

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In 2011 independent production company Mastodon Films packed up their gear and trekked out to Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville, PA to get the scoop on a festival tradition older than Woodstock.  The 50th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival was underway, with 20,000 music fans from across the country gathered together for three days of music, art and camping.

Now on the eve of this year’s 52nd annual festival, Mastodon Films presents At Fest – a look at the inner-workings of the festival and its 2,500 volunteers, countless hours of live music and dedicated attendees.  With a soundtrack by Folk Fest bands including Hoots & Hellmouth, David Wax Museum and US Rails, At Fest is a true-to-life time capsule of a most-important and beloved Philadelphia music tradition.

The premiere screening of At Fest will happen at The Trocadero on August 7th; tickets and information can be found here.  The 52nd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival takes place August 15-17; more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.  Watch the trailer for the documentary below.